Several people have commented that I put a lot of work into these high-link posts. Au contraire, its not as difficult as you think! I don't think up a topic, and then look for links. I just collect links and jokes I like and categorize them as well as I can. I have a few dozen topic files open at any given time. If I find something worth saving that doesn't fit, I just start a new file. When a file has enough, I post it. Its that simple. The topics pick themselves.
Every once in a while, I will go out of my way to find something for a particular post, like the original "agony of defeat" video. A post on slipping and sliding in the Winter Olympics just would not be complete without it. That effort paid off bigtime.
But mostly, research for Miss Cellania is fun. Its just surfing. Its what I did before I had a blog. Here's some of the neat stuff I've found lately.
FUN WITH THE NEWS
Dick Cheney shooting a hunting partner is one of those stories which will go down in history. Too much karma going on there to even think about. It didn’t even take much imagination to see the cartoons in your head, hours before they hit the net and the papers. Some of my friends received this news item in their inboxes. There’s a perfectly rational explanation; I used Charles Vestal’s story generator, which I found on Boingboing. The Boingboing article has the priceless Ten Ways Dick Cheney Can Kill You graphic from a year ago.
You may also want to play the Dick Cheney’s Quail Hunt Game.
FUN WITH BLOGGERS
I still can’t load Google blogs 99% of the time. But now I have Bloglines! I always HAD Bloglines, but the blog I used to test it only posted a summary of posts, which led me to believe it wouldn’t work for me. NOW I have lots of feeds coming my way. So Mike, Hoss, Lori, Kate, Johnny, ER, Carl, CC, Julie, Erinberry, Ivy, and the rest, I can read your posts! I still cannot see your pictures, leave a comment, or use your blogroll. But its progress.
Johnny posted about some Texas tidbits he toasted. Jalapenos and cream cheese. It sounds innocuous enough (not to mention delicious), but this dish apparently causes people to dress up in purple velour and pose for embarassing pictures. He says it wasn't the food, it was his amazing leadership skills. I have a suspicion it may have been the liquid refreshments.
PS Johnny says the "Ni Hao, Y'all" t-shirts are all gone. Just as well, I would prefer mine without mention of Texas. I may have to get my own printed up. Is it true that Cafe Press shirts are as thin as tissue paper?
FUN WITH GRAPHS
When I found the Create A Graph program, I HAD to go find some data to make a graph with. Graphs are just plain FUN! C00l geeky fun with pie charts and bright colors! The sitemeter was an easy place to start. I had no idea how my eyes would glaze over seeing search after search looking for the Wide World of Sports intro featuring ski jumper Vinko Bogataj wiping out week after week. I knew there was some reason I went to so much trouble to find that rare video. My theory was correct, we watch the Winter Games to see people fall. But the elite athletes on TV aren't falling enough to suit us!
These graphs say "average" and "last week", but just between you and me, I only took data from two days. I mean really, this ain't something I'm being paid to do.
FUN WITH MAPS
I had never heard of Frappr, til last weekend when I came across two of them within an hour (things that makes you go “Hmmm”). You know me, I had to go for that real quick. Here’s the link to my little map, please plant yourself somewhere in there, with a picture if possible. I will eventually have this in the sidebar, if I can figure out the best way to make it work.
The odd thing about my map is that you can't see my point on it. Thats because caveyak came along and plopped right down in my zip code! He's entitled, because its his zipcode, too. If you zoom in on our hometown, you'll find that we do, in fact, live several blocks apart.
MAYBE NOT SO FUN
Today is the tenth day of not smoking. It seems the worst is over, but the battle is not yet won. The hallucinations and the nosebleeds have subsided. Can anyone tell me how long I'll have this metallic taste in my mouth? I quit using the patches because they didn't seem to make any difference. Fifty dollars a box, and I haven't used half of them! Oh well, they'll be there if I need them. I've gotten a lot of advice from ex-smokers, which I thoroughly appreciate. Half of them say they never looked back; the other half say they still crave a cigarette every day ten, twenty years later. After pondering this, I realized that those who struggle with it years later are all female. Those who say its simple are all male. Another chemical difference thats just plain unfair. But expecting life to be fair will only make you crazy, so I'll just be glad I'm strong enough to handle it.
Thought for today: Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
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